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Blood/Candy [CD]

Posies Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ryko
  • ASIN: B003XF10IK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Plastic Paperbacks (Feat. Hugh Cornwell) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Licenses To Hide (Feat. Lisa Lobsinger) 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. So Caroline 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Take Care Of Yourself 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cleopatra Street 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. For The Ashes 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Accidental Architecture 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. She's Coming Down Again! 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Notion 99 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Holiday Hours 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Enewetak (Feat. Paco Loco) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Posies best & best album of 2010 19 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a self confessed powerpop groupie, I still find it very difficult to understand why albums of this genre sell zilch in the UK. After all, the UK is responsible for powerpop as it started with the Fabs & the Who. Such taste is quite prevalent in the US where bands such as the Posies still make a reasonable living, but I think the UK is becoming infatuated with ghastly TV talent music (I despair) and has fallen out of love with decent melodic rock music. And decent songwriting.

So much the pity, as many will miss out on this great album - the best I have heard this year, and the Posies best - and that's saying something for such a talented band. The blueprint is melodic powerpop with a slightly grungy twist - but the emphasis is songcraft and harmony. So anyone with even the most remote interest in the Beatles, Badfinger, Teenage Fanclub, the Byrds, the Raspberries and even Queen will find this album intoxicating.

Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer cut their teeth playing with Alex Chilton (RIP Alex) in the reformed Big Star, but have always shown their talent to best effect in the Posies. And there is not a duff track on the whole record (the opener Plastic Paperbacks is the weakest cut), and buried in the middle are some truly wonderful & timeless songs that need to be heard. This is not an album to break any sonic boundaries, but one to enjoy if melody is your thing. The closest to this in the UK is Teenage Fanclub. All Fannies fans should immediately purchase this album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My beloved Posies have done it again! 12 Oct 2010
By Aylie's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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In my opinion, they've never put out anything that was truly disappointing. Of course some albums are better than others and I'd put Blood/Candy in my top three. Not a mediocre song on the disc. Their voices sound better than ever and there are hooks galore. I can't stop listening and singing along. Now I just have to learn all the words so I can stop mumbling.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love all the cameos, great ballads, and wonderful singing as usual 1 Oct 2010
By MrSofty - Published on Amazon.com
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First off - the clips don't summarize well these songs, which go off in many different directions. Particularly notably in that is the only song clip I didn't like, Licenses to Hide, which song actually sounds nothing like the clip. Buy the whole album vs single cuts or you'll miss out on 90% of the art and miss what the Posies have done here (hey, you can always leave the cuts you don't like off your iPod).

Lots of variety here. Lots of complex art-pop and piano ballads here. I hear Beatles myrth, New Pornographers compositions, Beach Boys cheeriness, classic Posies earnestness and guitar rocker thrillers and anthems- lots to really like and enjoy here. Definitely an Album worth of music and styles- like any great work should have.

I'll admit that when Ken gets behind the piano it's not my favorite style. That said, these cuts are across the board fun. They go in unpredictable places and that makes me smile and my ears happy.

Lots of classicly great Posies style songs here too, enough to justify the purchase of the entire work so that you can have the freedom to sample the other cuts that perhaps are not what you expected or less immediately approachable.

Bottom Line - Great album. Wonderful to have another great Posies album in the world!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but wonderful 1 Oct 2010
By Michael J Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved the Posies since I heard the first notes of "My Big Mouth" from their "Dear 23" album, and I've been a big fan of everything they've done together as a band since. This album does have a different sound/vibe from their others, and in part I think that it's because Jon's and Ken's songs have grown more distinguishable from one another than they used to be. That is, to my ears, this record sounds *a little bit* more like a combination of their recent solo efforts (particularly, Jon's "Year of Our Demise" and Ken's "Soft Commands") than it does like a fully integrated Posies album (not to the extent of "Private Sides", but you'll hear what I mean). This is also a generally more mellow record than their others. I must say, though, that when they put their voices together in earnest, they sound as wonderful as ever, and frankly I enjoy every song from start to finish. For me, some of the stand-out tracks are "Cleopatra Street", "For the Ashes", "She's Coming Down Again!", and "Holiday Hours." But, as with every Posies release, there's not a clunker here anywhere, and I think that this one will really reward multiple listens (and the more careful the listen, the better). If you're new to the Posies, I don't know that I'd necessarily recommend this one to you as an introduction (it's just too uncharacteristic of their full output), but if you're even a casual fan I believe that you will want to play it again and again.

It's great to have them back!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an ounce of flab on this fabulous album 2 Nov 2010
By David OBrien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has come as a bit of a shock. I was disappointed with their previous album Every Kind Of Light. However, this album is excellent. I would stick my neck out and say that it is their best album. Stringfellow's voice for me has never sounded better. It's the strong choruses that do it for me. He excels himself on the excellent Licenses To Hide. His vocal on For The Ashes has to be heard to be believed. Take Care Of Yourself is fabulous. Jon Auer's contributions are good, especially on Cleopatra Street. He takes lots of risks on Accidental Architecture but it works. Overall my favourite album by a Posie remains Ken Stringfellow's Touched, but this is a very close second. Long may they produce work as fine as this
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind officially blown 3 Oct 2010
By Shawn O. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Posies fan going back to 1988, when you could catch them playing the occasional house party near the University of Washington campus. In terms of bias, familiarity can make a sub-par record seem better, but by the same token, it's also fairly difficult to be surprised by someone you've known for nearly 23 years. So when I say the greatness of Blood/Candy shocked me, it's not just hubris void of perspective. It's in turns both a return to Frosting on the Beater rock and a wide expansion of their talents. Ken Stringfellow's song contributions especially seem to have The Posies reaching into areas you never thought they'd try. There's the theatrical "Licenses to Hide," the zany Pet Sounds-inspired "Enewetak" - name for the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific which were abused by the US for nuclear testing - and the soaring "For the Ashes." Meanwhile, Jon Auer had his own left-turns up his sleeve, unleashing the challenging "Accidental Architecture," which must have tilted a few heads when he introduced the song to the group in the studio. Sure, there are a couple songs here that fall into the classic Posies sound (and seem ready for radio), and those have always tended to be Auer's contributions, whose confidence in his McCartneyesque songwriting has made him Mr. Reliable (see "The Glitter Prize," "So Caroline" and "Notion #99"). But even the classic (and the almost nursery rhymish "Cleopatra Street") have so much going on that it begs, nay demands, repeat listens to get the full effect. To my ears Blood/Candy is the first album since Auer and Stringfellow's styles started more noticeably diverging (around 1996's Amazing Disgrace) where the potentially conflicting styles mesh in perfect harmony, with both artists reaching forward and out to each other, and it's a wondrous thing to behold.
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